KUALA LUMPUR – Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor could receive gratification from the company which was awarded with the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid project as she could influence her husband, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Public Prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram said, although Rosmah did not hold official position, she could still influence her husband due to her arrogance.
She had positioned herself in influencing the decisions of public sector, Gopal Sri Ram said in his opening statement on the case involving Rosmah. She is facing three graft charges of receiving RM187.5 million and two counts of receiving RM6.5 million between 2016 and 2017, for the supply and installation of solar energy to 369 rural schools in Sarawak.
She is charged for abetting in receiving RM187.5 million in gratification from the Managing Director of Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, Saidi Abang Samsudin through her former special aide, Rizal Mansor.
According to Gopal, the prosecution will bring direct statements to proof that Rosmah received gratifications as per charged.
He also said that the Managing Director of Jepak Holdings and its main share-holder, Saidi Abang Samsudin wanted to get the contract from the Federal Government on the solar hybrid project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.
Saidi and his partner, Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah, met the then Minister of Education, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, but they failed in their bid.
Then, they met Aazmey Abu Talib, who was said to be a close friend with the husband of the accused in their attempt to gain support for the contract.
Saidi and Rayyan managed to get the minute of support from Najib for the project, but it did not help in speeding up their business with the Ministry of Education.
The two men, according to Gopal, then met the special aide of the accused, Rizal Mansor, who arranged for an appointment for them with Rosmah at her residence in Jalan Langgak Duta in early 2016.
Saidi wanted Rosmah’s guarantee in helping Jepak and in return, Saidi offered political donations for the husband of the accused as a gesture of appreciation towards their support on their application.
“It is important to to know that the accused did not hold any responsibility in any political parties at that time. The accused knew that the ‘political donation’ was gratification for herself,” he said.
After the meeting, Gopal said that Rosmah had increased the political donation to RM187.5 million, which was 15% from the value of the actual project amounting to RM1.25 billion.
He added, the accused had used Rizal to make her demands and negotiations.
At the beginning, she wanted 17% from the value of the project or RM200 million but Rizal advised her and she agreed to receive 15%, he said.
According to Gopal, a fake agreement by Lawrence Tee was made for the payment to mask the name of the actual recipient. However, the agreement went missing and no one knew who has the agreement.
On 20 December 2016, Saidi handed RM5 million in cash at the official residence of the Prime Minister in Putrajaya after he received the award letter for the project from the Ministry of Education.
The contract was executed on 20 Jun 2017 and the ministry issued a series of payment to Jepak.
Saidi then handed RM1.5 million in cash to the accused at her home in Langgak Duta on 7 September 2017.
Gopal said, direct evidences would prove that Rosmah had intentions on every detail stated.
“As in most if not all cases of corruption, the prosecution would depend on witness statements to confirm. At a suitable stage, the prosecution will invite the court to evaluate the witness statements. In the end, their statements can be trusted and verified through material details.
“The prosecution will be able to prove that not only a crime was committed but he accused committed it,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette